How To Measure Yourself For A Suit

A Guide To Measuring For A Suit

One of my favorite quotes about suits is, ‘a man should wear the suit; not the suit wear the man’. Having a tailored suit is one of the most important pieces of clothing in a man’s wardrobe. Learning how to measure yourself for a suit is not hard and only takes 10 to 15 minutes. What I love about measuring yourself is you do not have to go to a tailor or worry about some pushy salesman trying to get you to buy a suit when all you need are your measurements. You also get to fully understand all of the complexities that go into creating a suit that fits like a glove.


How To Measure Yourself For a Suit

Learning how to measure yourself for a suit only takes a few minutes. Ideally you want someone to help you out but you can absolutely measure yourself. When you take your measurements, you should always double check to ensure accuracy and be sure to wear a shirt and a pair of pants/slacks that fit you well. If you already have a suit that is tailored or fits you very well, you should wear that. When a customer purchases one of my custom made suits, my tailors sometimes want to verify the customer’s measurements and I will ask my customer to re-measure themselves. It sounds like a long and complicated process, but what both me and my tailors strive for is we want to be certain our customers are getting that amazing suit they created that fits perfectly. Now on to how to measure yourself for a suit!


If you need a measuring tape, you can print one out and tape it together HERE


Basic Measurements

These are the basic measurements you will need for choosing a suit that fits. If you were to get a suit off the rack at a department store you will at a minimum need to know these measurements.

1. Chest Circumference: Relax your body and maintain a normal breathing pattern. Measure around the fullest part of your chest, usually across the nipple line. This measurement is the number for the jacket size, the 40 in 40 Regular (40R) for exampleChest Measurement

2. Jacket Length: Start with your measuring tape at the middle of the shoulder seam on your shirt. Measure straight down the chest to the point where your thumb finger knuckle (half of the thumb). Your jacket length is the letter after your chest size number; the ‘R’ in 40R for example (40 Regular). You can also find your jacket length by height. As a rule of thumb, men who are 5’4”-5’7.5” are a Short jacket length or ‘S’. Men who are 5’8”-6’2” are Regular, or ‘R’. Men who are 6’2.5”-6’5” are Long, or ‘L’ And men who are over 6’5. 5” are Extra Long or ‘XL’.Jacket Length Measurement

3. Waist Circumference: Relax your body and maintain a normal breathing pattern. Put the tape at the level where you usually wear your pants belt and measure around your waist. This measurement is usually a few inches more than the measurement on your everyday pants/slacks.Waist Measurement

4. Trouser Length: Without shoes, measure vertically along the out-seam of your pants from the top of your pants waistband to the floor. If you are wearing shoes, measure from waistband to the beginning of the heel on the shoe. Make sure the tape is tight, straight, and you are standing straight.Trouser Length Measurement


Detailed Measurements

I recommend to all of my customers that they take the extra 10 minutes to measure themselves so that they have a perfect fitting suit that looks and feels great.

1.Neck Circumference: Put the tape around the neck at the middle of the Adam’s Apple and sternal notch. Leave a finger worth of spacing to ensure it is not too tight.Neck Circumference Measurement

2. Shoulder Width: Put one end of the tape at the left shoulder point and measure all the way to the right shoulder point. The shoulder point is the place where the shoulder seam and armhole seam meet on your shirt. Also note that the shoulder arc is not a straight line and your measuring tape should literally ‘arc’ from one shoulder point to the other.Shoulder Measurement

3. Sleeve Length: Place the tape on the shoulder point (where the shoulder seam and armhole seam meet on your shirt). Measure from the shoulder point to about an inch and a half below the break in your wrist on your hand. Be sure to keep your arms straight and relaxed.Sleeve Length Measurement

4. Bicep Circumference:  Put the tape under armpit and measure the circumference at the fullest part of your bicep.Bicep Measurement

5. Wrist Circumference: Measure the circumference of your wrist at its thickest part at the wrist bone.Wrist Measurement

6. Abdomen Circumference:  Relax your body, maintain a normal breathing pattern and measure your abdomen right across the belly button.Abdommen Measurement

7. Hip Circumference: Put the tape at fullest part of your hips and measure the circumference. Make sure you do not have anything in your pockets.Hips Measurement

8. Trouser Rise: Put the tape through the bottom of the pant’s crotch and measure from the front top of your pants waistband to the back top of the pants waistband. Make sure the tape is not too tightTrouser Rise

9. Thigh Circumference: Put the tape just under the crotch, measure the circumference of your thigh at the widest part of your leg.Thigh Measurement

10. Knee Size: Measure the circumference of your knee one inch above your knee.Knee Measurement

11. Your Height Without Shoes: Stand up straight and measure yourself from the top of your head to the floor.


Final Thoughts

If you made it this far congratulations! You now know how to measure yourself for a suit! I hope you found this process quite easy and informative! If you are using this guide to purchase one of my custom made suits that you designed, be sure to keep an eye out on your emails after you place your order just in case my tailors need to check something.

If you have any questions or comments, drop me a line. I’ll answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.



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